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General Buick Tech / Re: valve cover install
« Last post by Scoobum on Today at 05:11:07 PM »
Grab a couple of beer. Zip tie the loom out of the way...and remove anything that's in the way. Heater hoses etc. I got pretty good at it when I ran tall valve covers.
General Buick Tech / valve cover install
« Last post by xpander343 on Today at 04:44:29 PM »
I pulled my passenger side valve cover with the motor still in the car about 6 months ago.  I've forgotten how I was able to get the stupid thing out when I went to reinstall it today.  I've got it almost all the way on, but Its catching on stuff for the last inch or two.   I remember having to bar the engine over to get the rockers out of the way to get it off, but I haven't moved the engine since then.   Any tips or suggestions? 
General Buick Tech / Re: Front Cover
« Last post by TWild on Today at 02:40:32 PM »

I had a chance to check the crankshaft run out. It looks like it's supposed to be checked at the thrust bearing but since mine isn't apart, I just measured it at the face of the balancer. I ended up with .006" which as far as I can tell is within specs (.003" to .011"). I didn't measure the run out on the reluctor wheel cause it was a pain in the arse to set it up. I did go back and set the crank sensor on each of the reluctor fins and none are hitting.

Not sure why the fins on the reluctor wheel are so close to the front cover? Any body that could take a look at theirs and let me know how close yours is?



IHADAV8 Playground / Re: discussion on copper gaskets
« Last post by motorhead on Today at 10:27:51 AM »
That is pretty much it.  GM MLS exhaust gaskets are embossed for sealing and do a great job.  So, a single layer copper gasket without embossing is going to be hit or miss on its effectiveness. The stock thin 80s flanges are junk.

This is why I have moved to v-bands.  I just put the whole exhaust back on the wagon in under an hour yesterday - leak free.
IHADAV8 Playground / discussion on copper gaskets
« Last post by daveismissing on May 25 2018, 09:37:18 PM »
I see people claiming to make various gaskets from copper stock. I can't think of any flange on a car that supports a large enough bolt to exert forces that crush a piece of copper. If a very soft copper "gasket" has an embossed/debossed area I could see that flattening to create a seal but otherwise....

IHADAV8 Playground / Re: Any Regrets Selling A Vehicle?
« Last post by gordyzx9r on May 25 2018, 06:32:10 PM »
My '82 Honda CIVIC.  It was a work horse that never failed me. 
My '82 Ford Bronco.  Of the 15 cars and trucks I had in high school that was my wasn't the fastest, but we had the most fun in it.
Other than that, nope...didn't really ever have a car worth a crap until I got the GN and I still have it after close to 20 years now. 
IHADAV8 Playground / Re: Any Regrets Selling A Vehicle?
« Last post by reality on May 25 2018, 05:19:25 PM »
How about the 1 you should have bought?
For me it was a 63 split window fuel injected 4 speed vette. I passed on it for 2795 C and paid 2995 C for a 70 duster 340.
General Buick Tech / Re: Cam sensor
« Last post by TexasT on May 25 2018, 05:10:38 PM »
Yes. There is a splined input shaft and the stator support is the larger stationary splines around the input.
I've heard good stuff about mr diers but haven't done business with him. Might consider a deeper pan and 700r4 bottom feed filter if you aren't already running that. Or just the bottom feed filter. I managed to fit one in my stock pan.
IHADAV8 Playground / Re: Any Regrets Selling A Vehicle?
« Last post by TexasT on May 25 2018, 05:07:15 PM »
I have my first car, 1970 GS455 and my first new car, 1987 WE4 so no, I don't regret any of the others or I would have kept them. Funny thing is the GS was fifteen yrs old when I bought it in 85. The T I've had for just over thirty yrs. They are both beaters but they are my beaters and I like em.
IHADAV8 Playground / Re: Any Regrets Selling A Vehicle?
« Last post by Top Speed on May 25 2018, 10:45:27 AM »
Yes, 1978 Pontiac Trans AM that I traded along with some cash for my T-Type.
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